Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 19, 2017

COLLEGE STATION – Most sorghum producers around the state experienced lower sugarcane aphid populations than the previous two years, with some help from nature, growing conditions, technology and adequate preparation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Danielle Sekula, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management entomologist, Weslaco, said damages the previous two growing seasons had […]

International beef initiative launched by Texas A&M animal science

COLLEGE STATION – A new international beef initiative is underway by the Texas A&M University department of animal science, emphasizing research and educational activities related to cattle adapted to subtropical and tropical climates. Dr. Cliff Lamb, department head, said two new faculty positions have been created to lead this effort. The initiative includes establishing a […]

Centex Beef Symposium Sept. 29 at Swinging B Ranch in Axtell

AXTELL – Live cattle demonstrations, a ranch tour and ribeye steak dinner will be the featured activities at the Centex Beef Cattle Symposium Sept. 29 at the Swinging B Ranch, 1652 Kirkland Hill Road in Axtell. Cost is $25 and RSVP is requested by Sept. 22 by calling 254-757-5180. One general Texas Department of Agriculture […]

Winter forages can reduce costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, experts say

OVERTON – Planting successful winter forage pastures can reduce supplemental feed costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, and Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, both in Overton, said following recommended practices regarding winter pastures can improve producers’ bottom line.  […]

Southwest Dairy Day to highlight cross-ventilated barn

GUSTINE – The annual Southwest Dairy Day Oct. 18 will feature a cross-ventilated barn designed to mitigate heat stress for milking cows and a robotic pre-dipper in the parlor. The event is free and open to the public.  The two innovations are used at Wildcat Dairy, 600 County Road 252 near Gustine. Southwest Dairy Day […]

Neighborly love: Hay, animal supplies trucked in from all over to assist Texas Hurricane Harvey ag producers

NOME – The outpouring of support from neighboring states has been overwhelming, said Mike Doguet, owner of Doguet’s Diamond D Ranch Turf Farm in Nome, Texas. “We have had truckloads of hay coming from all over,” Doguet said. “It’s just been amazing.” Doguet, along with his son-in-law Matt Willey, opened up their warehouse facility at […]

Water and eminent domain: Landowners have rights event, Oct. 5 in Marshall

MARSHALL – East Texas landowners can learn about water rights and eminent domain issues during an event Oct. 5 at the Texas State Technical College Library, 2650 East End Blvd. in Marshall. The program is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Leadership Advisory Board and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in Harrison […]

AgConnect simulation exercise draws national animal health leaders

COLLEGE STATION – Veterinary health practitioners, federal and state officials, and others from across Texas and the U.S. recently participated in a two-day animal health exercise utilizing AgConnect, a suite of tools used to collect data in the field and analyze it in real time. The activities included a simulated disease outbreak that demonstrated how […]

Texas A&M agricultural economics tailgate and AgriLife Extension program set Sept. 30

COLLEGE STATION – Ag Policy, International Trade Outlook and Student Study Abroad Experiences is the theme for the Sept. 30 program and tailgate hosted by the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University. “We want former students, current students and friends of the department to come join us for these events,” said Dr. Parr […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 13, 2017

COLLEGE STATION – Low wheat prices likely mean planted acreage around the state will remain static or drop slightly, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Clark Neely, AgriLife Extension state small grains specialist in College Station, said wheat producers globally were expected to provide an overabundance of the commodity, which should keep […]